Food & Drink

Proof That Sweetened Condensed Milk Is The Best Stuff On Earth

It might be the unsung hero of the dessert world. We're here to sing its praises.
06/23/2014 07:00am ET | Updated June 30, 2017

There are certain foods we love so much that we unashamedly eat them straight from the container with a spoon. Sweetened condensed milk is one of those foods.

We know what you're thinking -- it's sugar overload, it's thick and sticky, it's syrupy and it is definitely not to be consumed on its own by the spoonful. We're not advocating that you eat a whole can or even more than one teaspoon; we're merely confessing our guilty pleasure to explain how strongly we feel about sweetened condensed milk. A little goes a long way with this super sweet substance, and it's all you need to understand how dreamy it is. Whether it's on its own, in a coffee or in a pie, sweetened condensed milk can completely transform a dish, and might even transform you.

Sweetened condensed milk is milk from which the water has been removed and to which sugar has been added. Some people find it off-putting, but those people probably haven't tried it the right way. People all over the world eat it. It's common in coffee in parts of Asia, in pies like Key Lime in the United States, and in cakes and pudding in Latin America. Whether you make your own, or buy it in a can, you should give sweetened condensed milk a try if you aren't a fan already. It's definitely decadent, but there's always a time and place for that. Whether you choose to indulge every day or less frequently is up to you -- but whenever you're ready, sweetened condensed milk will be there for you.

Here are 31 recipes that will convince you sweetened condensed milk is some of the best stuff on earth. It might be the unsung hero of the dessert world. We're here to sing its praises.

1
French Toast Crunch
Food52
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2
Chocolate-Coconut Bars
Martha Stewart
Get the Chocolate-Coconut Bars recipe by Martha Stewart
3
Peach Sherbet
Martha Stewart
Get the Peach Sherbet recipe from Martha Stewart
4
Vietnamese Coffee Shake
Martha Stewart
Get the Vietnamese Coffee Shake recipe from Martha Stewart
5
Key Lime Cream Cheese Crumble Cake
Cooking With Sugar
Get the Key Lime Cream Cheese Crumble Cake recipe from Cooking With Sugar
6
Caramel Snickers 7 Layer Bars
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Caramel Snickers 7 Layer Bars recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
7
Coconut Tres Leches
Food52
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8
Date, Coconut & Walnut Truffles
Brown Eyed Baker
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9
Mint Cookies and Cream Magic Bars
Becca Bakes
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10
Twix [Candy Bar] Tart
Brown Eyed Baker
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11
Better Than "Anything" Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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12
No-Bake Coconut Cream Goat Cheese Cheesecake
How Sweet It Is
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13
Simply Key Lime Pie
Food52
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14
Magic Cherry Bars
Macheesmo
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15
Homemade Iced Coffee With Spices and Sweetened Condensed Milk
A Beautiful Mess
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16
Dulce de Leche S'mores
Adventures In Cooking
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17
Milk and Cookie Cupcakes
Lemon Sugar
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18
Peanutty Buckeye Bars
Two Peas And Their Pod
Get the Peanutty Buckeye Bars recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod
19
Condensed Milk Coconut Pound Cake
Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Get the Condensed Milk Coconut Pound Cake from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
20
Key Lime Pie Bar
Brown Eyed Baker
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21
Thai Tea Cake with Creamed Coconut Frosting
Adventures In Cooking
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22
Caramel Pretzel Butterscotch Fudge
Something Swanky
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23
Ice Coffee With Sweetened Condensed Milk
Brown Eyed Baker
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24
Red Velvet Poke Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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25
Guinness Brownies
The Chic Table
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26
Homemade Dulce de Leche
TheTexanerin
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27
White Chocolate Lemon Streusel Bars
Something Swanky
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28
Monster Magic Cookie Bars
Something Swanky
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29
Salted Caramel Toffee Macaroons
Two Peas And Their Pod
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30
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles
Baking The Book
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31
Oatmeal Creme Pie Magic Bars
The Domestic Rebel
Get the Oatmeal Creme Pie Magic Bars recipe from The Domestic Rebel

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